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In Nunapitchuk, No Longer Evidence Of COVID-19 Community Spread

Oct 16, 2020

Nunapitchuk, Alaska on July 28, 2018
Credit Petra Harpak / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation says that there is no more evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in the village. The news comes exactly a month after YKHC, in partnership with the Native Village of Nunapitchuk and the City of Nunapitchuk, announced evidence of community spread on Sept. 16. The village contained the virus after a long lockdown, during which some families quarantined for weeks.

Community spread of the virus continues elsewhere in Bethel and Quinhagak, where cases have sharply risen this month.

YKHC urges everyone to help slow the spread of the virus. Most urgently, it’s asking everyone to stop hosting or attending gatherings with people outside their households. YKHC also encourages everyone to wear masks in public, wash hands frequently, and quarantine after travel.

If you feel sick, YKHC asks that you stay home and call your village clinic or the Bethel COVID-19 hotline at 543-6949 to schedule a coronavirus test.